The Lagos State Education Ministry has introduced “Read-Aloud, Lagos”, an initiative to improve learning outcomes, as well as inculcate reading culture among school pupils.
The project, which was spearheaded by the Lagos State Office of Education Quality Assurance, will target pupils within the primary school age bracket in the State.
Announcing the initiative in a media briefing, the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, the programme was initiated to bridge the identified reading gap among school pupils, revealing that the information available to the Office shows that the time currently allocated to reading, during and after school hours, is inadequate.
Seriki-Ayeni said, “As an education quality assurance person, I was moved by the conviction that children perform better when they are led in the act of reading by someone else. Therefore, Reading-Aloud is expected to be the most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success”.
She, however, maintained that the reading ability of Children would greatly improve if they have role models to look up to, saying “Children should have role models that will guide them on how to pronounce words, read books and think critically”.
She averred that “plans have also been concluded to begin the programme officially on June 1, 2020, after the special edition held on Children’s Day, stressing that the initiative would be a continuous virtual engagement for children and it would be made accessible in different languages as well as through various channels of communication.”
Mrs. Seriki-Ayeni stated that the Read Aloud project would be launched during the celebration of Children’s Day on May 27, 2020, with a special edition featuring dignitaries, including Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, reading virtually to children through online platforms and electronic media.
“It is necessary to adopt new strategies of preparing for the new world of learning, since the COVID-19 pandemic has presently put a stop to classroom teaching. The implication of this new development is that learning in schools will never be the same again”, the Director-General said.